Another week has come and gone and the All-Star game is right around the corner. Zack Wheeler had a nice debut, but was sent back down until his next start on Tuesday complicating his pickup in some leagues. Brandon Beachy had a setback and needs to remain on your radar. Boston and Detroit are having closer problems, while things appear to be settling down at the back end of the Miami bullpen. Those in need of speed may be able to find what they need in the Philadelphia and New York Mets outfield.
This may be the most talented group of players we have featured at any point this season. We have seen a fairly steady arrival of prospects of late and we may peak over the next couple of weeks. This week's list includes a hitter and pitcher that tore up spring training, only one has been at the major league level all season, the other, finally getting the call. The top hitting prospect in baseball is on the verge of reaching "The Show" with two of the games top pitching prospects tentatively scheduled for starts over the next ten days. Be ready to jump and if you use a fantasy budget, I hope you have something left!
Happy All-Star break! With the trading deadline now on the horizon, we will begin to at least hear about proposed deals. If you are in a standard roto league, average category numbers like BA, ERA and WHIP are getting harder to move. (Although it certainly seems easy to drop in these categories, right?) You have a better chance to make a move in cumulative categories like HR, RBI, SB, W and S.
Have we reached the dog days of Summer yet? If your team resembles mine, there are a number of areas that need a boost. What are we looking for at this point of the season? As we hurdle towards the midway point, trades, injuries and minor league call-ups make up the core of player availability.